'Youth' Tagged Posts

'Youth' Tagged Posts

This Week at FUMC

First Church Family:     I pray that you are well. Our youth and adults returned from BigStuf in Panama City, Florida on Tuesday evening. I must tell you that it was all that it was said to be: incredible worship and instruction for the students, tremendous instruction for all of us youth leaders, great small group time, and recreation on the beach.     We have a wonderful group of kids, led by our graduating seniors: Molly Triplett and Cary Carpenter, and they participated fully. Our youth leaders, Sonya Triplett…

Three Things…

Three Things From Pastor Dave Eleven of us leave the church Friday morning at 5:30AM for BigStuf Christian Youth Camp in Panama City, Florida. Please remember: Meredith Cline and Sonya Triplett (who, with me, will be counselors on the trip) along with: Reagan Cline, Molly Triplett, Cary Carpenter, Dillan Earp, Cody Barlow, Mason Gaetes, Ross Watts, and Zach Crowe. Many of you have supported the trip financially. Please pray for the growth of our faith and for our safety. Secondly, on Sunday July 10 at 4:00PM in the afternoon, our…

Youth Sunday

First Church Family:     I pray that you are enjoying the end of spring. As the song from “Carousel” chronicles: “June is bustin’ out all over…” My gardens are growing, and who knows, I may have a ripe tomato by the 4th of July!     Please remember the important things that are happening this month.      This Sunday, June 5, we will celebrate Youth Sunday and honor our graduating high school students: Molly Triplett and Cary Carpenter. Theirs is a small class, but the two…

FCY Fundraiser Lunch

First Church Family:     I love this time of year, when the mornings are cool and the days are warm. I’ve already “put out” a number of vegetables in the garden, and am hoping we don’t have a killing freeze!     This Sunday is the first day of May, and the month of May is one of the busiest months of the year for us, with Mother’s Day, school year ending programs,  graduations, weddings, etc..     This Sunday is especially big for two reasons.…

Youth and Ministry

First Church Family,     I pray you are in good health and spirits. Important things are happening in our church family.     Over the past weeks, we have sought to recharge our youth ministry. During the past two years of COVID restraints, our Tara Hatton led us well. In the couple of months since she left the program to take better care of her family, we have prayed about moving forward and asked our congregation to assist us in recommitting ourselves to supporting a strong youth program. …

Moving Forward

Dear First Church Family,      After a couple of icy mornings, we’re beginning to see the sun. And what a pleasant surprise that has been!     About twenty-five students, parents, and grandparents stayed after church Sunday to begin the conversation of moving forward with our youth program. It was a good meeting. We all want the program to move forward productively; and we will see to it that will happen. I have already had preliminary interviews with two youth leader candidates who could…

Being a Blessing

Dear First Church Family,      As I write this on Groundhog’s Day morning, the sun is out… oh goodness, another six weeks of winter!     This past Sunday was our Tara Hatton’s last official Sunday as our Director of Youth and Family Ministry. Tara has done a wonderful job with us and hasbecome an integral part of our church family and our leadership team. Tara has shared that she will continue to worship and serve with us on a volunteer basis. What a…

We’ll Miss You

Dear First Church Family, I pray you have enjoyed moving over into 2022. Our Youth and Family Ministries Director, Tara Hatton, writes the following note to us: The past two years have brought challenges and hardships to each of us. In my own personal life, 2021 was the most difficult year I’ve yet to experience. In January, issues in my marriage came to light which led to many months of stress and turmoil culminating in separation in August. My husband,…

Youth Sunday

First Church Family,     One of the treasures in every community and church is its youth. And 2020-21 has been a very challenging, difficult time for them.     Last school year was shortened by massive restrictions due to the COVID pandemic. And though this year has been a bit less restrictive, much teaching was done online, masks were required, even for athletes during their events, bands and choruses weren’t allowed to function. The list goes on and on.     Actually, to their credit, it…